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    Default with my cell-phone off/ambiguity

    1-We left the house with my cell-phone off.
    2-We went out of the house with my cell-phone off.

    Can one tell from these sentences whether "we" took "my cell-phone" or we left it in the house?

    3-We left the house with the baby asleep.
    4-We went out of the house with the baby asleepf.

    Can one tell from these sentences whether "we" took the baby or we left the baby in the house?

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    Default Re: with my cell-phone off/ambiguity

    I sense no difference between the first two, and in both cases, it seems to me that you've taken your phone with you, but it's off.

    I sense no difference between the second pair, and it could be ambiguous. I had originally thought the baby was left at home, but it could be either one. I guess because it would feel more natural to say "When we left the house [taking the baby with us], the baby was asleep" that I felt the baby was left behind.

    I can't say what the difference is, except it's just how I interpretted them. It's entirely possible another native speaker will draw different conclusions.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: with my cell-phone off/ambiguity

    Thanks a lot Barb_D.

    Maybe it is just the words and not really the grammar.

    Consider:

    1a-We left the house with the TV on.

    2a-We went out of the house with the TV on.

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